In the Beginning Was the List

images-1.jpgOh, gone are the years when I stayed up until one o’clock, went to work the next day for 10 or 12 hours, came home, made dinner, played with my kid, and still read as many almost 200 books a year, not counting all the really exciting stuff I had to read for work.

Of course now I have to use a magnifying glass to read, I’m retired but it takes me 10 minutes to get up from my desk and walk into the bathroom, I still make dinner, but my daughter is now a professor at the University … oh, and my reading is just shy of 100 books a year.

I am beginning to worry about that 1001 Books You Must Read … challenge.

But I still make lists and try to focus my reading within a fairly narrow pool of books I have already collected on my bulging bookshelves (or nowadays on my trusty iPad).

images-2.jpgTo start the new year out (that’s 2016, starting tomorrow) I put this pool of books together. Many are new (marked in green). I hope to read 12 but 8 is probably more realistic. The again, who knows for sure.

  1. Chromos — Felipe Alfau
  2. Nostromo — Joseph Conrad *
  3. Mascara: A Novel —Ariel Dorfman *
  4. Independence Day — Richard Ford *
  5. Middle C — William H. Gass *
  6. New Grub Street — George Gissing *
  7. A Girl Becomes a Comma Like That — Lisa Glatt *
  8. Dark Passage —David Goodis *
  9. J — Howard Jacobson *
  10. Ex Libris — Ross King *
  11. Women In Love — D. H. Lawrence *
  12. Barbarian Beast Bitches of the Badlands — Carlton Mellick III *
  13. Temple of Dawn — Yukio Mishima *
  14. Paris Nocturne — Patrick Modiano *
  15. The Dream of My Return — Horacio Castellanos Moya *
  16. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage: A novel — Haruki Murakami *
  17. The Bathing Women — Tie Ning *
  18. Doomed — Chuck Palahniuk *
  19. An Instance of the Fingerpost — Iain Pears *
  20. Zoot-Suit Murders — Thomas Sanchez *
  21. Tropisms — Nathalie Sarraute *
  22. The Ogre — Michel Tournier
  23. Infinite Jest — David Foster Wallace *
  24. John Dies At the End — David Wong *
  25. The Fortune of the Rougons — Émile Zola

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